Remedies for Ringworm: What to Do and When to See a Doctor


Tea tree oil is an essential oil made from the leaves of the Australian tea tree. Early studies show it does work as an antifungal against ringworm. Other studies show that it works against athlete’s foot when applied as a cream. You should only use tea tree oil topically as it is toxic if ingested.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Some sources suggest treating ringworm with by rubbing some on the infected area and covering it with a bandage. Studies show this vinegar does have some antifungal properties. However, doctors warn that, due to its acidic nature, apple cider vinegar can cause open sores and scarring when used to treat ringworm. 

When to See a Doctor

You should see a doctor for ringworm if you have been using over-the-counter antifungal medication for two weeks and have not seen an improvement. Your doctor will likely prescribe you a stronger anti-fungal medication.

In rare cases, fungal infections may travel below the skin and infect the internal organs. This mostly happens in people with weakened immune systems, like in those with HIV or AIDS. If you are immuno-compromised and get a fungal infection, make sure to treat it promptly to avoid a more serious infection.